Individuals who are looking to buy dogs online are being targeted by scammers.

Scam: Puppy Scam

Who Is It Targeting: People Looking to Buy Dogs

What Is It: Individuals who are looking to buy dogs online are being targeted by scammers.  Ads are being posted on community websites advertising puppies and dogs. After the individual has contacted the scammers about the puppy, the scammers state that the dog needs to be transferred to their area and that requires a $150 down payment.  The down payment is then sent via wire transfer.  The scammers then fail to contact the victim again, or will contact the victim and tell them that something else has come up and they need further payment for the delivery of the puppy.

What Are They After: Direct Payment

How Can You Avoid It: You should always be careful when making online purchases, especially if it is on a site such as Craigslist or Backpage. These types of sites are used by consumers at their own risk meaning that if they get scammed, no one is there to protect them.  It is also very dangerous to buy dogs online as they may come from so called “puppy-mills” and could be sick.  If you do purchase a dog online, make sure you can meet the dog and the owner beforehand in a safe location.  You should use cash to pay for the animal and get a signed receipt from the seller.